Sunday, January 24, 2016

12 Coastal RV Renovation Ideas

Now that the holidays are over, we've moved to a new RV resort and Mr. ArtSea Chic is almost done with long travels, so we've had more time to plan out what renovations we'd like to do inside our Jayco.

We have become more accustomed to the layout of our 320 sqft. home these past two months, and at times even lost track of where we put some things. Living in a smaller space with dark brown furnishings and wood floors can make our cozy space feel smaller than it really is (see the RV interior tour here) and with a couple little renovation projects here and there, we can make it feel more open and coastal inspired in time for summer.

I've never done big renovation projects before, much less in an RV, so my tiny living Pinterest board has been my go-to for ideas and advice.

Below are some of the main projects I'd like to do, first starting with the bathroom area just to make sure all goes well. :)
  1. Faux white marble countertops by Giani {watch this DIY video}
  2. Bathroom beadboard accent wall with new towel hooks
  3. Beadboard bathroom door accent
  4. Living room bench seat with storage 
  5. Paint all walls
  6. Paint kitchen cabinets white and add beadboard
  7. DIY Dixie cup outdoor party lights
  8. Paint ceiling fan
  9. New bedding (I love this set from Target)
  10. DIY driftwood headboard
  11. Navy blue floor runners 
  12. Paint the fireplace mantel and entertainment area

It'd be great if we could do all of these ideas for under $600, so we'll see if we're able to stay under that number as we make progress.

Materials for the faux white marble countertops have already been ordered, so we'll be getting started soon! :) Check back here for updates of the progress in the coming months.


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Monday, December 21, 2015

8 RV Coastal Christmas Decoration Ideas

Christmas is only a couple days from now! We've been living in our Jayco for a little over a month, and while we will be spending the holidays with family we added some dashes of coastal Christmas decor throughout our tiny home.

I made 8 coastal Christmas decorations sized for our RV, so easy to make you can do these last minute too. Part of living a coastal lifestyle means having a mindset that embraces what is naturally around you, only taking what you need, and appreciating nature. I try my best to remember this, especially during the holidays when there will be so much waste, trash, and consumption that will harm the environment.


If you've been following on Instagram, you know we have beautiful land and pine tree woods near us. I love the smell of evergreen pines, so as my first holiday decor project I harvested several dozen tree limbs, pine cones, vine branches and berry branches to make two natural wreaths to hand on the outside of the RV.

Instead of metal wreath forms, I attached vine branches together to make a thick circle base to attach the branches and pine cones. With sparkly ribbon and a set of awesome indoor/outdoor battery operated Christmas lights from Hobby Lobby, our front door is ready to shine! To hang the wreath we used a hefty suction cup on the glass window. Through heavy rain, wind and sunshine the suction cup has not fallen or moved!



The outdoor wreath on the front of the RV was made the same way the front door wreath was, except because of high winds no lights or ribbon were put on; they just wouldn't stay.

With extra ribbon and left over pine needle branches, I started working on the inside of the RV. For the fireplace I made, pine needle tassels, jingle seashell trees, and a custom little Christmas pine tree. :) In addition to these three projects, I couldn't find the ideal ornament to hang - so I whipped up a drawing of our RV in a snow globe (spoiler alert: it hasn't snowed in Houston).



With the pine needle tassels, leftover ribbon and cute mini ornaments I found at Hobby Lobby we hung our own version of garland. I love it so much!




Above - Mr. ArtSea Chic's version of wearing his Santa hat... had to share :) haha.

Every living room area is not complete without a comfy warm blanket. We have the fleece fly fishing blanket I made for Mr. ArtSea Chic getting used a ton now that it gets a little chilly in the evenings; just so happens it's Christmasy colors go great with our decor theme as well. Win-win.

Our cozy dinette space has a battery operated marquee letter and RV dish plate from Hobby Lobby. Can you tell I love shopping there yet? :) I also took a glass jar we weren't using and made a seashell ball with gold ribbon pieces to put in the middle of it. It just so happens that our dishware also matches our festive outdoors decor.

I love a simple look with a couple texture changes and this little space does all of that. To add other textures I made pine needle braided napkin holders topped with a jewel box seashell. They're easily able to be used year round!




Lastly, Mr. ArtSea Chic and I made our first Christmas cards together! We made them on Walgreen's holiday cards website and picked them up same day at our local store. So convenient and less expensive than other online greeting card websites or buying sets at the store when wanting custom cards. We featured our favorite memories from visiting Sanibel and Captiva Islands this summer, plus of course we included our new home.


Hope you enjoyed a little tour of how we decorated our RV for the holidays! The great thing about these decorations is that they can stay up all throughout most of winter. I'll probably switch things up around early February. 

See what else we're up to on InstagramTwitter and Facebook, we've got exciting plans coming up in the New Year. Mr. ArtSea Chic and I wish you and your family a happy Christmas and New Year!


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The 150+ RV Supply Checklist Every New Owner Needs

It's been a month since Mr. ArtSea Chic and I bought our Jayco! Time has flown by, but we've learned a lot about the types of supplies we need for full-time RV living. Much like moving into a new apartment or house, you need the basics plus the specialty supplies specific for the RV.


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Here's my top 10 favorite supplies we bought and/or received with our Jayco:
  1. PUR water filter pitcher (we use this one)
  2. Old Thompson dual salt and pepper shaker (I love this thing!)
  3. Hair catcher for the bathtub or shower (when we need another we'd get this one)
  4. Bathroom towel door hanger (if we upgrade we'd get one like this)
  5. Dyson V6 cordless vacuum (this one works SO well!
  6. Jason cork-backed placemats (most durable placemats you'll ever own, seriously. We love Jason placemats like this set)
  7. Classy olive oil dispenser (we use this one)
  8. Snapware 38-piece airtight food storage containers (we have this set)
  9. Drinkwell big dog fountain (Andi uses this one)
  10. AcuRite indoor / outdoor weather station (we use a AcuRite weather station similar to this one)
Now that you know our favorite supplies must-haves, download our RV supplies checklist which has over 150+ items any new RV owner would need to start their journey!

(click above to download the RV Supplies Checklist)

We love to shop at HEB, Walmart and Lowe's which are all within 10-15 minutes away from our home-base, making it super convenient to get what we need fast. When it comes to specialty items though, we look to Amazon.com for the best price comparison and consumer ratings to make our decision. We're thankful our home-base RV resort accommodates packages and regular mail so we don't have to worry about alternative methods of receiving them.

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